Jon, or Mr. G as I knew him, was an incredibly important part of my high-school experience.
He was my basketball coach, mentor, and more importantly, my friend. His engagement with me and other students was second to none. For me, he was always there to provide advice and support through the ups and downs of high-school.
As a dorm parent, G was always available to laugh, talk, and help his students, often hosting dinners and movie viewings at his house.
The positive impact G had on me is only one story amongst the hundreds of students who benefited from G's presence at our school.
G loves to travel, and is a bona fide Disney adult. I remember him excitedly talking about his trip to Japan and Disney World.
Living and dealing with kidney issues has impacted his ability to travel and enjoy his life to the fullest.
Additionally, it has impacted his ability to give to the students as much as he would like, providing extra stress. I know G would want to be in the classroom or on the court giving his all, instead of having to worry about his health.
To G a transplant would allow him to travel again and get back to doing what he does best: being a positive resource for students.
It would allow him to be back in the classroom, full of energy, ready to teach the next cohort of physicists.
And, allow him to be back on the basketball court coaching the next group of wannabe basketball stars.
It would allow him to be the full version of himself that we have come to all know and love.
I encourage everyone to share G's story. And, if possible, consider donating a kidney to him.
I, myself, tried donating my kidney to G, but was unfortunately not a good fit. The process to see if your kidney is compatible with G is easy and free. I encourage everyone to try to donate. It really is life-changing for the recipient!
G is one of the kindest, hardworking, and caring individuals I have ever known. To be able to get him back to full power would truly be a blessing.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Jon Gadoua's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
There are currently 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Of these, 100,000 await kidney transplants.
The median wait time for a kidney transplant is 3-5 years and can vary depending on health, compatibility, and where you live.
In 2014, 17,107 kidney transplants took place in the U.S. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,537 came from living donors.
Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant waitlist.
A kidney from a living donor lasts longer and begins functioning more quickly than a kidney from a deceased donor.
In 1995, kidney donation became minimally invasive with a procedure called laparoscopic nephrectomy, which only requires four small incisions. Hospital stay is typically only 3 days after this operation.
Not blood type compatible with your recipient to be a living donor? Kidney Paired Donation (the “kidney swap” program) enables incompatible candidates with a living donor to receive a kidney from a compatible donor.
Last year, over 700 living donor kidney transplants occurred using Kidney Paired Donation.
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